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How to Build the Perfect Real Estate Instagram Marketing Strategy
The most important rule in advertising is: Place your ads where your target audience will see them. Seems obvious, right? But so many real estate agents still rely on outdated tactics that simply don't have the reach that newer, digital spaces do. If your goal is to grow your business and reach new prospects, then social media is the place to be. These platforms are a gold mine for advertisers. Instagram alone has 140 million adult users across the country, which accounts for two-thirds of U.S. adults. Six in 10 of those users log in daily, spending an average of 30 minutes per day on the platform — with 42% of users opening the app multiple times throughout the day, giving advertisers even more opportunities to reach them. With stats like that, it's easy to see why this social network is the third most-popular, behind YouTube and Facebook. Audience reach and engagement are compelling reasons for making Instagram an essential part of your real estate marketing strategy. So if you hadn't planned on advertising there, think again. Here's when it's best to use Instagram ads and how to optimize your ROI when you do. When to advertise on Instagram Instagram is a visual platform. Although you can create Post Ads or Stories Ads with text, a majority of the content is made up of photos, animations, and videos. That's what users log in to see, and why Instagram is ideal for those beautiful new listing photos and walk-through videos you just commissioned. This is also a platform that attracts a younger user base. Fifty-five percent of Instagrammers are between 18-34 years old, and another 18% account for those who are 35-44. If your target audience is empty nesters or retirees, this won't be your ideal place to advertise. As such, it's best to use Instagram ads when you… have a new listing are promoting an open house want to reach first-time homebuyers are trying to attract a younger audience Ad formats on Instagram Instagram may not have 20 different types of ad units, but the few that it does offer work really well with its engaged audience. One reason is because ads are naturally interspersed among native content as users scroll their Feed or flip through Stories. That makes users more inclined to look at and engage with your ad. To give you a better sense of your options, take a look at these attention-grabbing ad formats—all of which support both photos and videos. Post Ad This ad type appears in users' Feeds (that's the one people scroll through vertically). You can publish just a single photo or video or include up to 10 images in a carousel. Keep in mind that these will be cropped to a square, so choose your content wisely. All Post Ads include a caption, where you can write a description about the listing, and a call-to-action (CTA) link that will redirect anyone who clicks on it to your property listing page. Stories Ad Users access their Stories at the top of Instagram and scroll horizontally to see new Stories posted by the accounts they follow. Stories Ads won't appear in this scrollable list, but they will be seamlessly interspersed between Stories as they play, so as not to interrupt the user's experience. These ads are more immersive because of their full-screen, vertical format. They can play for up to 45 seconds, which is perfect for a home walk-through. Just like Post Ads, you can also include a CTA that links to a page of your choosing, such as a property listing, lead generation page, or your real estate website. Tips for maximizing ROI on Instagram Now that you have a better sense of when to advertise on Instagram and the creative options you have available, let's discuss a few ways to maximize ROI for those ads. We said it once, but we'll say it again: Instagram is a visual platform. Your photos and videos need to be high quality. That doesn't mean they have to be taken by a professional, but they need to be attractive enough to be scroll-stopping. Make sure your photos and videos are: Crisp and clear (i.e., not pixelated) Well-lit to bring out the detail and beauty of the space The right size for the format you're using (i.e. vertical for Stories and square for Posts) Keep in mind these dos and don'ts that are specific to videos: Do not shake the camera or make sudden, sharp movements. Do talk to your audience. Sixty percent of Stories are viewed with sound on. Do keep moving through the property. You may lose viewers if you stop too long while talking. Finally, consider your audience when setting up your real estate Instagram marketing strategy. You can — and should — target geographically, but you'd also be wise to take advantage of the custom audience option. This targeting capability allows you to upload your own list of leads, prospects you're nurturing, or your sphere of influence. Instagram will match the email addresses and phone numbers that you provide to its user base and show your ads to anyone on your list who is also on the platform. That's ad targeting at its best! To view the original article, visit the Homesnap blog.
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The New Google Screened Badge is Changing Digital Advertising: Here's Why
Every real estate agent should make it a priority to get their Google Screened badge as soon as possible. Here, we'll cover the top questions real estate agents have about the Google Screened badge. Google has slowly been adjusting its search results pages – specifically the first page — over the last few years to make itself a bigger competitor for top-of-the-funnel advertising tactics. Instead of sending people away to other websites, Google wants its users to find the info they need without very much clicking or scrolling. Just take a look at how Google has evolved its strategy recently: First, you could only run a paid search ad that appeared at the top of search results. Then, Google introduced the Google business profile to give relevant businesses prime real estate at the top of Google. Then you could connect your search ad to your Google business profile to unlock a Google Maps ad. There have also been adjustments so searches are hyperlocal (two people across the country searching "top real estate agents" will see different results), and the introduction of "snippets" so searchers can instantly see answers to common questions related to their search without ever clicking into a website. Now, real estate agents can run Local Services Ads, which appear at the very top of the search results page — even above paid search ads — and deliver live phone call leads. They can also include a powerful endorsement from the search giant itself: the coveted Google Screened badge. Unlike a traditional ad, the Google Screened badge can't be obtained in just a couple clicks, and Google won't endorse just anyone. The badge is tougher to get because you have to go through a screening process, but it's worth it because Google rewards badge owners with more live phone call leads. This gives savvy digital advertisers a huge advantage, because they can unlock a clear path to better ROI without paying anything extra, except a tiny bit more of their time to push some digital paperwork through. If Google has taught us anything, it's that its users adapt fast to these interface and experience changes, and quickly alter their search behavior accordingly. As the Google Screened badge continues to expand into other industries, users will only grow more and more likely to call Google Screened businesses that are right at the top of the page. That's why, even though it takes a little effort, claiming your Google Screened badge right now is worth it. What is a Google Screened badge? The Google Screened badge is a green checkmark and designation applied to Google's new Local Services Ads. Right now, the badge is only available to a few professional service providers: those in law, financial planning, and real estate. Each ad prominently displays the advertiser's headshot, star rating, and review count, as well as a click-to-call feature that drives direct phone call leads to businesses. Not all Local Services Ads receive the badge, and that's because you need to apply for it and get approved. It's an involved process that requires agents to allow Google to conduct business-level and business-owner background checks. This is how Google does its due diligence to ensure that its most esteemed advertisers are, in fact, licensed real estate agents. Once the vetting process is complete, you'll automatically be ranked over every non-screened agent in your market. Why do I need a Google Screened badge? Google continues to adapt its platforms to give users the most relevant search results higher and higher on the page. You've seen traditional SEO continue to evolve (just look at the organic featured snippets and FAQs that now appear near the top of search results), and that's because users expect the best information to appear first. By placing its Local Services Ads at the very top — the most sought-after placement — Google is telling consumers that these are worth paying attention to. And, Google is telling advertisers that this is where it's investing its time and resources. As such, Local Services Ads provide one of the lowest-friction experiences available today. Its prime placement makes it easily seen and accessible, and it offers a hassle-free click-to-call feature. The addition of the Google Screened badge not only boosts trust in the eyes of consumers — like a digital referral — but Google really does prioritize vetted advertisers above those who do not have the badge. Local Services Ads combined with the Google Screened badge create a one-of-a-kind ad unit. It's essentially a combination of a top-of-the-funnel ad (when consumers first become aware of your business) and a bottom-of-the-funnel ad (when consumers are ready to take action). That's because someone could search for "real estate agents in Seattle" instead of a specific agent, get served a list of Google Screened results — seeing these specific agents and their five-star ratings for the first time — and then tap an ad to call one of the verified agents. Within a single search experience, you can be discovered for the first time and immediately contacted, thanks to the high level of trust that users have in Google to screen and recommend businesses. This new ad type presents real estate agents with a unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of what will undoubtedly become an important and highly competitive advertising space across industries. How can a Google Screened badge help me get more live phone call leads than my competitors? The Google Screened badge is exclusive. Since you need to go through a traditional background check process to get approved, it puts you on a different level from other agents. This requires more effort, but it also gives you a competitive advantage when you're trying to win new business because Google sends more leads to agents with a Google Screened badge. Our data also show that the leads generated from Google's Local Services Ads are highly qualified. For instance, one in two leads is an actual buyer or seller, and one in 10 leads is a seller lead. Plus, you can dispute bad leads with Google and win that budget back, creating a more efficient advertising strategy and ROI than your competitors. Agents who get in early will outpace their competition, as they'll have a head start in building trust with Google. The company rewards advertisers who invest in its products and provide a good client experience. When you already have good reviews and a high star rating and then also earn the Google Screened badge, it's a signal to consumers that you are trustworthy, which Google knows will lead to more live phone calls. The more phone calls you answer, the happier Google is with the experience you're providing to consumers. As a result, the search giant will optimize your ad for more phone calls. This creates a merit-based system where agents control their own destiny, so other agents can't simply outbid you for exposure. If you get screened and earn a Google Screened badge, consistently get five-star Google reviews, and answer when those leads call, you'll quickly outpace your competition. How do I apply for a Google Screened badge? We mentioned earlier that the application process is more involved than any other advertising product on the market. But that should not deter you at all. As one of the only professional service sectors that can apply right now, real estate agents should be running—not walking—to earn the Google Screened badge. THIS is the ground floor if you act quickly, like buying Amazon stock decades ago for $10. Navigating the application process on your own can feel intimidating. Homesnap Concierge makes it easier for real estate agents as one of Google's only trusted third-party partners. When you work with us, you're assigned a dedicated success manager who will coach you through the process, letting you know what information to provide, which specific documents to submit, and when to take the next step. Your success manager will ensure you don't miss a beat and are able to earn the badge as soon as possible. Another important part of the process that real estate agents should be aware of is the requirement of having a verified Google business profile with at least one review. Details from your profile are linked to your Local Services Ads and badge, and Google also uses that information to determine when to serve your ad in search results. As a Google preferred partner, Homesnap Concierge is able to expedite Google business profile verification process for our agents — which can otherwise add weeks to the process. And finally, our Concierge specialists vet every phone call lead and dispute bad leads on your behalf — so you can be sure your ad budget is always being invested in quality leads. It's bound to be a hot summer for residential real estate. Home-buying demand remains strong and inventory could expand as states loosen COVID restrictions and give us a glimpse of a return to normal on the horizon. Now is the time to invest on an advertising strategy that will bring you high-intent, qualified leads by phone. To view the original article, visit the Homesnap blog.
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What's the Big Deal about Google Local Services Ads?
If you're in the real estate business, there's a good chance you've been hearing a lot about Google Local Services Ads, or Google LSA. The industry has been buzzing with talk about how this new seller lead source can generate a lot of inexpensive ready-to-transact leads and even produce inbound "come-list-me" calls. The question is -- is this lead source actually worth it? What Is Google LSA? Let's start off with the basics. What is Google LSA and why should you care? Google LSA is a resource provided by Google that allows users to use Google to search for service providers that Google essentially prescreens and then recommends to the user. For example, you could go to Google right now and search for "plumber in Santa Monica" and immediately Google will show you three prescreened and "Google Guaranteed" plumbers in Santa Monica. These prescreened companies pop up right at the top of the search results page (even above the pay-per-click advertisements) and are usually accompanied by numerous positive reviews featured front and center. Google LSA has been around for quite some time for other industries, but just in the last couple of months it has become available for real estate. So, why should you care? If you were looking for a real estate agent in your area, wouldn't you most likely pick one of the three real estate agents Google recommended who had already been prescreened and showcased excellent reviews? It seems like a no-brainer, and the fact is, it's already working. What Are the Benefits of Using Google LSA? There are a few key benefits to using Google LSA that you're not going to get with other lead source providers in the real estate industry. The most important benefits are that you receive high quality leads at a low cost. 1. High Quality Leads Google LSA leads primarily come in the form of inbound phone calls. That means no more chasing leads! The leads coming in are high intent prospects with short transactional timeframes. Google LSA leads are primarily sellers and out of town buyers. 2. Low Costing Leads With Google LSA, you only pay for inbound phone calls that last longer than 30 seconds. Google refunds you for any irrelevant and out-of-area calls so you're only paying for legitimate leads. The per-lead costs are inexpensive. How Does Google LSA Generate More Seller Leads? So you might be asking yourself, "How does this lead source generate mostly seller leads?" The answer is simple. Google is doing it organically. Typically, people who are local and looking to buy a house are not searching online for a real estate agent. Usually buyers will look for homes for sale in their local area straightaway. The only people who are really searching for real estate agents off-the-bat are people looking to sell their homes, people who are from out of town looking to relocate, or other out of town real estate agents trying to refer clients. All of these scenarios are highly desirable for lead generation. Okay, What's the Catch? At this point you're probably wondering, "Okay, so what's the catch with Google LSA?" While there isn't really a "catch" per se, there are a few key things you will need to do to be successful with this lead source. 1. Forty percent of the leads will be irrelevant. That number might seem high, but keep in mind that this means 60% of the leads coming in through Google LSA are relevant and have high intention to transact quickly. 2. You need to pick up your phone. With Google LSA, your ranking is controlled by a Google algorithm and how often you answer incoming calls from Google LSA is a major influence on how far up on the list you appear as a Google recommended provider. 3. You need to have an optimized Google My Business page. Ninety percent of Google LSA profiles are linked to a Google My Business (GMB) page. Your GMB page should be complete with an accurate address, hours of operation, and any other required profile information. 4. You need to have business reviews. Another really important influence on the algorithm that determines your Google ranking and ultimately how many leads you receive with LSA per month is reviews. For perspective, a real estate agent with 10 reviews will get less than six lead calls per month, whereas an agent who has 100 reviews will get upwards of 20 lead calls per month. That's a Lot to Take in. Feeling Overwhelmed? If you're starting to feel like you're in over your head, you'll be happy to hear that you can get help setting up your Google LSA and GMB page with Ylopo. Ylopo has set up over 800 clients on Google LSA already and can help you get rolling with LSA fast. Here are some of the things Ylopo can do to help you get started with Google LSA: Ylopo automates the process of getting you credited for irrelevant leads. As a client, you can take advantage of Ylopo's Instant Response Call Center that will pick up the phone for you so you don't have to worry about missing any inbound calls from LSA (something that would normally negatively impact your Google ranking). Ylopo provides a Google LSA integration that links directly to your CRM so you can seamlessly get your Google LSA leads funneled right into the system you use daily to manage leads. Ylopo provides direct assistance with optimizing your Google My Business Page so you can improve your rankings on Google LSA faster. Ylopo automates the review collection process for you, helping you to quickly and effortlessly get your well-deserved reviews (something that also positively impacts your ranking on Google). Still on the Fence? If you're still on the fence about getting your business set up with Google Local Services Ads, here's some advice. Start by getting your Google My Business page set up and then head over to Google and search for real estate agents in your area to see which of your competitors is already taking advantage of Google LSA. It might be just what you need to see to get on board. To learn more about Google LSA and the other seller tools Ylopo has to offer, check out www.ylopo.com/seller.
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What Are the Best Converting Ads For Real Estate?
As so much changes in the real estate industry, there's one thing that remains constant: choice. Agents now have many options for everything from CRM vendors to advertising platforms. No matter what size budget you have to work with, it's important that no dollar is wasted and that the option you choose will maximize your spend. When considering where to advertise, keep in mind that not all channels are created equal. Some might be better for brand awareness than generating leads, such as display ads. If it's leads you're after, then you should learn exactly how the platform will help you achieve your objective so you can zero-in on those particular features. The answer might be audience targeting capabilities, the post-click experience or when and how the ad is displayed. Every platform has its own unique advantage. So, what are the best-converting ads for real estate agents? Let's review the top-performing options and why your ad dollars will be best spent there. Facebook This platform is well-known for being great for top-of-the-funnel activities like improving reach and brand awareness. But if that's all you know about Facebook ads, then you've missed a big opportunity on the platform. Namely, how its targeting capabilities and ad types can efficiently generate leads. Audience Targeting Reach is important when it comes to extending brand awareness, but your best-converting ads will be those that are shown to a targeted audience. Facebook gives advertisers a number of ways to narrow their audience, and the two following options are top choices if you want to generate leads. Custom audiences: This option allows you to target a very particular group of people. So particular, in fact, that you get to decide who is included in the audience. What's great about custom audiences is that you can send different messages to each cohort you target, such as open house leads versus your sphere of influence. When you can customize the ad experience based on what you know about your audience, your ads will convert at a much higher rate. Lookalike audiences: Once you have a custom audience set up, you can create campaigns that target people who have similar characteristics (such as demographics or common interests). This helps you reach even more potential buyers and sellers who "look like" your target audience, which improves conversion rates. Lead Generation Ads In the Facebook ad management platform, you will need to select a campaign objective before setting up your ads. When you choose "lead generation" as your objective, you will be able to create what Facebook calls an "Instant Form." This form will appear in-app when someone clicks on your ad, and it auto-fills contact information for anyone who clicks on your ad. By automating the process, Facebook is reducing friction and therefore the likelihood that consumers will stall in the process. This experience is what makes the lead generation ad one of the best-converting ads for real estate agents. Google Google Ads Google Ads target high-intent leads, as these buyers and sellers are actively searching for a real estate agent. The ad's copy and content are everything when it comes to making these ads successful. One little-known secret to making Google Ads perform even better is to connect them to your Google business profile (GMB). By establishing this connection, you'll be able to activate the location extension on your Google Ads, which enables your business address to appear on the ad. That not only adds further legitimacy to your ad and increases its conversion potential, but it also allows your ad to appear on Google Maps as a bonus placement. Since many businesses aren't aware of this possibility, there is less competition on Google Maps than in search. Local Services Ads A brand-new advertising product from Google, Google Local Services Ads seamlessly facilitate contact from homebuyers and sellers to real estate agents in their market. They're prioritized at the top of the Google search page, above traditional paid search advertisements, and enable prospects to live call an agent directly from their desktop or mobile device. There's no friction, form fills, or needless clicks. Best of all, you'll only ever pay for quality leads. You'll only pay when you receive a call from an interested buyer or seller. Instagram The key for any ad on Instagram—whether for awareness or lead gen—is to use a scroll-stopping visual and strong copy. But, if you want yours to be one of the best-converting real estate ads, you should use video on Instagram. Video is engaging compared to still images. Today's technology lets you enhance your videos by adding text, graphics and animations to make them even more interesting. It's a great way to capture attention and then pique the viewer's curiosity enough to submit their contact details to receive more information. Waze This navigation app is a great one for real estate agents to advertise on. First off, it's not on the radar of very many businesses, so competition is much lower than on other platforms. Second, it does a good job of driving foot traffic to open houses. It works in the same ways as A-frames around the neighborhood, except that it targets drivers instead of pedestrians. Drivers also don't need to be right outside of the property to see your ad pop up on the map, in search results or as a "digital billboard" when they hit zero speed. Just being in the vicinity is enough for the ad to show up. To view the original article, visit the Homesnap blog.
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Recently, Homesnap announced the addition of Google's Local Services Ads to Homesnap Concierge. In this post, we'd like to answer some of the most common questions we've received from our member agents. What are Google's Local Services Ads? A brand-new advertising product from Google, Local Services Ads are prioritized at the top of the Google search page, above traditional paid search advertisements, and enable prospects to live call an agent directly from the ad unit. These ads can also feature an agent's photo, Google reviews, hours of operation, and a "Google Screened" badge.
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How to Generate More Leads with Google's Local Services Ads
By now, you're probably familiar with Google's Local Services Ads. But, if you're not, here's a quick summary: A brand-new advertising product from Google, Local Services Ads seamlessly facilitate contact from homebuyers and sellers to real estate agents in their market. They're prioritized at the top of the Google search page, above traditional paid search advertisements, and, most notably, enable prospective buyers and sellers to call an agent (via their desktop or mobile device) directly from the ad unit. As you can imagine, the premium on-page location and lack of form fills make Google Local Services Ads a game-changing addition to any agent's digital marketing repertoire. Yet, it's important to note that these ads, like all advertisements, are not a guaranteed set-it-and-forget-it lead generation product. An agent's actions can—and will—have a significant impact on performance. We'll explore what you can do to boost the efficacy of your Google's Local Services Ads below.
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Friday Freebie: Absentee Owner Prospect List
Ready to shift your real estate marketing strategy to a potentially lucrative niche? Thanks to the pandemic and record low inventory, one group of homeowners is particularly ripe as a source of listing leads -- the absentee owner. In this week's Friday Freebie, we'll show you how to get a FREE mailing list of absentee owner prospects and let you know just why they're a perfect target for your current marketing efforts. Get a Free Absentee Owner Prospect List, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic—and its resulting record unemployment levels—evictions of tenants who cannot pay rent have been temporarily halted. This leaves many landlords in a precarious financial situation due to the inability to collect rent from many of their tenants. However, housing inventory is at record lows while home prices are at record highs, which means that many landlords stand to make a significant return on their property investment should they sell right now. Your mission? Be the agent that they reach out to when that time comes. When it comes to being top-of-mind with potential sellers, nothing beats being proactive. Start putting your name in front of these property owners now, and you can be the agent that moves them off the fence and helps them sell their property. To get started, first you need a list of absentee owners to target. ProspectsPLUS! to the rescue! They're offering RE Technology readers a FREE absentee owner prospect list (with promo code FREELIST at checkout) that you use to start marketing to this lucrative group of leads. Ready to get started? Get your FREE Absentee Owner Prospect List with promo code FREELIST.
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Dynamic Video Ads Make You a Real Estate Diva (Yes, men too!)
The Great Reshuffling Zillow CEO Rich Barton calls it 'the great reshuffling': the shift to remote work underscores the ability for people to live where they want now. Consumer demand is high. At the same time, there's more reshuffling among real estate companies. You've seen the headlines. Compass is raising tremendous amounts of cash. Zillow Offers, Redfin Now, Opendoor and other iBuyer companies are battling for market share in the space. Homeowners can sell directly to major real estate tech companies. New apps are aimed at making home sales similar to an Amazon transaction. And companies are offering an ever-widening array of services. In the midst of this, we see portals reshuffle their strategy away from advertising services to referrals. As a result, agents must now shift their marketing to local direct to consumer. A successful way to do that is to leverage video ads. Video ads work well to build a brand and gain higher click through rates than other ads. It Takes a DyVA to Stay Competitive Some agents are becoming "divas" to stay competitive. The twist here is that diva is spelled DyVA and it stands for Dynamic Video Ads—professional quality video ads that are built and placed using automation from Ylopo. Video is the most effective way to market in 2020. In fact, according to Cisco Systems, online videos will make up more than 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2022. The average real estate advertiser isn't using video because it is too expensive, and agents do not have the expertise or technology required to produce highly engaging video content. DyVA—an included feature in Ylopo's suite—solves that. It gives agents the ability to generate and proliferate excellent video content across social platforms in minutes. The video gets uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and others. All that's needed is to enter the MLS listing number and choose from dozens of video templates. They range from Just Listed and Open House to holiday themes. The proprietary software pulls the information from the MLS, and Ylopo's proprietary AI automatically selects the best listing photos. The DyVA platform then creates the video, formats and optimizes it to effectively appear on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Each individual DyVA marketing campaign costs approximately $65 and will ideally run for up to a month (assuming the listing is on the market that long). These ads also showcase an agent's expertise in selling a home. A client can either access a web page which shows real-time performance statistics, or agents can provide them with an attractive report. The Next Level DyVA technology also features a 'Digital Billboard' which produces and publishes unique video content. This content is updated monthly and can be used to brand an agent's entire database, regardless of size. The video content covers everything from pets and top kitchen hacks, to educational, listing-based videos. Most importantly, 24/7 branded content running all year keeps an agent top of mind to current and potential clients. Not surprisingly, agents are choosing to become DyVAs to stay ahead of the competition and to better serve their clients. Please visit Ylopo.com/dyva to learn more or request a demo.
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[Best of 2020] Friday Freebie: Download a COVID-19 Postcard and Reach Out to Your Sphere
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in May and is #3 in our countdown. See #4 here. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live--and the way we need to communicate. Gone are the days, for example, when agents could send their contacts a calendar of local events (what events, right?). So how do we communicate in this new era while remaining sensitive to changing norms and our sphere's changing needs? Find out for yourself in this week's Friday Freebie. We're introducing you to a series of coronavirus-related postcards that hit just the right note for reaching out to those who matter most to your real estate business. Free download from the COVID-19 postcard series by ProspectsPLUS! What kind of postcard messaging strikes the right tone during the coronavirus era? That depends on the type of real estate agent YOU are. Whether humorous, helpful or nurturing, there's a postcard with a voice that matches yours in today's Friday Freebie. RE Technology readers can download one free postcard from a library of 115 different postcards designs in eight content categories, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! Here's a look at the types of postcard you can send to your sphere: Animals: Use humor to connect with clients with funny animal postcards. At Home: Offer helpful at-home advice for how clients can fill their downtime. Comfort Foods: Strike a nurturing tone with recipes for making comfort food. Content Cards: Remind clients you're the helpful home expert with home maintenance tips and more. Definitions: Gently stay top of mind with these trendy outreach cards. Inspiration Cards: Remind your sphere that brighter days are ahead with motivational designs. Looking for Listings: The market is still active! Remind homeowners that now is still a great time to sell. Virtual Marketing: Are you a tech wizard who knows how to thrive in these times? Show off your virtual tour capabilities, remote meeting skills and more! Download any COVID-19 series postcard for free with promo code FREECARD. Your postcard includes your choice of design on the front and your customized contact information on the back. Print your postcard at home or share it on social media, via email, and on your website. Download your FREE postcard today with promo code FREECARD at checkout!
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5 Clever Ways to Boost Your Real Estate Ads
Do you feel like your marketing is getting stale? Or that your real estate ads aren't reaching enough people? If either is true, it's time to breathe a little life into your marketing. These five tactics will make your real estate ads more engaging, expand their delivery to even more people in your target areas, and generate more, higher-quality leads.
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5 Branding Secrets Every Real Estate Pro Should Know
Big companies have massive budgets to fuel their brands. Why would major corporations be spending money on branding--doesn't everyone already know who they are? They advertise because they know that effective branding is the key to their success. In a 2019 study from Interbrand, Apple, Google and Amazon were named the three best global brands. These three companies alone spend more than $8 BILLION each year to make sure each of us will consider their products when we're on the hunt for an answer, a new laptop, or literally anything you could ever want to buy, from a Nintendo Switch to tonight's dinner. The truth is, you probably encounter these brands every single day. Sometimes it happens without even recognizing it. Amazon knows they need to be the first thing you think about when you're ready to make a purchase. Google has dominated online search so completely that "googling" something has a permanent spot in the lexicon. And Apple? They've turned their brand into a status symbol, something consumers crave. Sure, with a massive budget at their fingertips, big brands have access to data and sophisticated advertising techniques that may seem out of reach to the average real estate agent. However, as we'll discover in this post, anyone can achieve similar results on a localized scale in a very affordable way. Want to run with the big dogs when it comes to your branding? Well you're in luck! Here we reveal the five key secrets to successful brand advertising.
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We know that the thought of posting, and posting regularly, on social media can give make even the savviest agents start to sweat. Not everyone grew up on the internet or speaks fluent hashtag. Getting into the habit of posting and creating online profiles complete with a lot of awesome content is a lot of hard work. So we thought that we'd help you out. But before we jump in, we thought we'd start with some tips on branding. Social media activity is pretty useless unless it's targeted and branded. Here's why you should brand, and the four essential components of branding for real estate agents.
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The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Lead Ads for Realtors
Ever wonder how your colleagues and competitors are scooping up warm leads in the digital world? One answer is Facebook lead ads. This article will break down the ad type, with step by step instructions.
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Are Your Listing Photos Costing You Leads?
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How to Make a Flyer in Google Slides
If you're looking for ways to add value, reach a larger audience, attract more visitors to your website, or capture more leads, downloadable guides, flyers, and checklists may be the tool you're looking for. Here's how to make your own for free in Google Slides.
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How to Run Instagram Ads for Your Real Estate Business
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Waze Is the Hottest Trend in Real Estate Marketing. Here's Why
According to the latest Homesnap data, Waze advertisements have experienced a 173% surge in usage among agents when compared to this time last June. The year-over-year jump is the largest we've seen from any digital real estate marketing channel--including stalwarts like Facebook, Instagram, and Google. So, we asked ourselves: What's driving this trend?
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It's Not About Luck: 6 Ways to Maximize Leads and Entice Buyers
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Ad Science: Ads with Faces Eleven Times More Likely to Get Noticed
Turn on your computer or grab your phone to read your email, browse the internet, or connect on social media, and what do you notice? Everywhere you look, someone is competing for your attention online. Buy this, download that, read these. In fact, the average person sees about 360 commercial messages daily. You might not think that's very many, but it's way more information than your brain can process, particularly because much of it is irrelevant. This has led us to minimally process online content that looks like an ad, a phenomenon called banner blindness, which is a widely recognized challenge in advertising. The average online ad receives only one-third of a second of someone's time. However, you likely see a lot of faces in advertising, and this is not a coincidence. There is science behind the phenomenon.
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Friday Freebie: Guide to Creating Targeted Mailing Lists and Campaigns
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How to Use Virtual Selling on Social Media to Get Clients to Chase You (Instead of You Chasing Them)
We had a great chat with Ryan Hartman, VP of Marketplace at Engagement at Inside Real Estate during a recent Coffee Chat. He showed us all the best ways to create "surround sound" marketing so that your prospects and clients see your ads everywhere they go via a concept called retargeting. Take 30 minutes and hear from one of the most experienced social media marketing experts about the right way to succeed with virtual selling. Here are three key takeaways from Ryan's Coffee Chat: 1. Most agents only follow up with their hottest, "most ready to move" opportunities, and forget about the other 90% or so. When these people are ready to buy or sell, they end up working with another agent (usually a top producer who is taking a longer term view of things). If you're going to succeed with virtual selling, you need to nurture relationships with your local sphere regularly—and long before and after they want to buy or sell a home. 2. It's 2020, not 2012. If you're registering people on your website and then signing them for a generic email marketing campaign with recipes and non-specific articles, you are not going to be able to breakt hrough. Instead, you have to think about more effective and unique ways to differentiate yourself. Using a "multi-channel" approach to build top-of-mind status is where it's at today. They have to see you everywhere so they believe you are THE most well-connected local agent they can work with. 3. Animated, property-specific ads on Facebook and Instagram, complete with a way for the reader to ask for more information about the property, is the way to go right now. Click on the image below to see a highly effective animated social media ad. 4. An effective "multi-channel" online marketing effort includes many of the following components: Facebook / Instagram "Lead" Ads Google PPC Ads YouTube, Facebook and Instagram Video Retargeting Branded Google Display Retargeting Voicemail Drops Personalized Video Follow-Up (BombBomb) Automated Search Alerts Watch the Coffee Chat recording below: If you would like to learn more about being a smart broker and enabling success for your agents' team, check out the following FREE resources: Virtual Training Summit (lots of FREE training) Inside Real Estate Success Strategies Facebook Group If you want to be a great virtual seller, but would like to outsource the effort to a company proven to nurture success for its customers, click here to schedule a demo. Don't Miss These Upcoming Coffee Chats! Friday, May 22 Learn How to Capitalize on the Pent-Up Demand with Jack Markham of Zurple Tuesday, May 26 Things You Should Be Doing in Your CRM During Quarantine with Brandon Wise of Wise Agent Wednesday, May 27 Get More Done by Leveraging Virtual Assistants with Bryan Bowles of Transactly If you would like us to sign you up for all upcoming coffee chats, email [email protected] and he will get you signed up. If you would like to get notifications every time a Coffee Chat recording is published, subscribe to our YouTube channel, RETechnologyInc. Then hit the bell next to the Subscribe button and receive notifications every time we publish new educational videos. Get Recordings of All Coffee Chats If you would like to binge watch all of the Coffee Chat recordings, click here. If you would like a FREE 3-month trial of RE Technology, go to retechnology.com, click Create Account and then use one of these coupon codes: COVID-19A COVID-19B COVID-19M
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Jump into Digital Marketing Right Now to Fill that Buyer Funnel
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Friday Freebie: Download a COVID-19 Postcard and Reach Out to Your Sphere
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live--and the way we need to communicate. Gone are the days, for example, when agents could send their contacts a calendar of local events (what events, right?). So how do we communicate in this new era while remaining sensitive to changing norms and our sphere's changing needs? Find out for yourself in this week's Friday Freebie. We're introducing you to a series of coronavirus-related postcards that hit just the right note for reaching out to those who matter most to your real estate business. Free download from the COVID-19 postcard series by ProspectsPLUS! What kind of postcard messaging strikes the right tone during the coronavirus era? That depends on the type of real estate agent YOU are. Whether humorous, helpful or nurturing, there's a postcard with a voice that matches yours in today's Friday Freebie. RE Technology readers can download one free postcard from a library of 115 different postcards designs in eight content categories, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! Here's a look at the types of postcard you can send to your sphere: Animals: Use humor to connect with clients with funny animal postcards. At Home: Offer helpful at-home advice for how clients can fill their downtime. Comfort Foods: Strike a nurturing tone with recipes for making comfort food. Content Cards: Remind clients you're the helpful home expert with home maintenance tips and more. Definitions: Gently stay top of mind with these trendy outreach cards. Inspiration Cards: Remind your sphere that brighter days are ahead with motivational designs. Looking for Listings: The market is still active! Remind homeowners that now is still a great time to sell. Virtual Marketing: Are you a tech wizard who knows how to thrive in these times? Show off your virtual tour capabilities, remote meeting skills and more! Download any COVID-19 series postcard for free with promo code FREECARD. Your postcard includes your choice of design on the front and your customized contact information on the back. Print your postcard at home or share it on social media, via email, and on your website. Download your FREE postcard today with promo code FREECARD at checkout!
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There's No Spam Filter in the Mailbox!
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What's the ONE Digital Marketing Strategy You Should Try in These Uncertain Times?
Are you "turtling" or coiling your spring for the post-COVID era? Jed Carlson, CEO of Adwerx, posed that important question to our audience during a recent Coffee Chat. In other words, are you closing up shop and running scared or you taking this small break in the action to build stronger relationships and grab market share from your competitors? If you haven't gotten busy, then it's time that you did. For those of you that don't know Jed Carlson, he is one of our industry's leading experts on digital marketing. Beyond the services his company offers, Jed has his finger on the pulse of where digital marketing is going. Listen to his advice! He will not steer you wrong! Key takeaways: 1. Digital advertising costs are down 40-60% right now If you're going to try digital marketing, now is the time. If you're already into digital marketing, now is the time to double down. 2. Focus digital advertising on the people you already have relationships with Facebook and Adwerx both offer a way for you to target advertising messages ONLY to those that you already know. That means no wasted advertising on those that you have not already connected with in some way. 3. Continue to build your sphere of those you know automatically There are simple and inexpensive ways to continue to build your sphere automatically by attracting new prospects via Live Open Houses, email blasts or even direct outreach. Take this time to learn how to turn on valuable automated tools like this. Watch the recording on this valuable session with Jed Carlson here: BONUS Offer: Receive 30% off one quarter of Adwerx's Sphere of Influence product. Campaign must be purchased via a one-on-one marketing consultation. Call 888-746-5678 to book a consultation and mention you received this offer from RE Technology's Coffee Chat. Offer does not apply to annual campaigns. NAR members receive 15% additional impressions on Adwerx campaigns, which can be combined with other eligible discounts. This exclusive benefit is available through the National Association of REALTORS®' REALTOR Benefits® Program. Don't Miss These Upcoming Coffee Chats! Wednesday, April 29 Why BPP with Homesnap is More Valuable than Ever with Gayle Weiswasser, SVP of Communications and Business Development, Homesnap with Colleen Doyle of the National Association of REALTORS® Thursday, April 30 Expand the Depth of Relationships in Your Local Market Using Public Records Software Included in Your MLS Dues with Kari Autry of CRS Data Friday, May 1 Learn How to Put the Building Blocks in Place to Nurture Lifetime, Profitable Client Relationships with Jaime Quenzer, VP of Marketing at CINC, and Eddie Rodgriguez, Director of Product Management at CINC If you would like us to sign you up for all upcoming coffee chats, email [email protected] and he will get you signed up. If you would like to get notifications every time a Coffee Chat recording is published, subscribe to our YouTube channel, RETechnologyInc. Then hit the bell next to the Subscribe button and receive notifications every time we publish new educational videos. Get Recordings of All Coffee Chats If you would like to binge watch all of the Coffee Chat recordings, click here. If you would like a FREE 3-month trial of RE Technology, go to retechnology.com, click Create Account and then use one of these coupon codes: COVID-19A COVID-19B COVID-19M
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Use RPR to Pinpoint Your Direct Mail Campaign Targets
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Friday Freebie: Targeted Mailing List to Jumpstart Your Print Campaigns
Technology has made it easy to target specific groups of consumers for real estate marketing and advertising campaigns. We all know the targeting power that social media ads offer--but what if you want to target consumers offline? In this week's Friday Freebie, we'll introduce you to a way to easily target consumers for print marketing campaigns--and get 100 FREE verified names and addresses in your area. Free Targeted Mailing List, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! Do you serve a specific real estate niche? Or want to send different campaigns to different types of prospects? Whatever your needs, the more targeted your mailing list is, the better it can meet those needs (and save you money). ProspectsPLUS! makes it easy to build a mailing list that targets exactly who you want. Just choose a geographic area, how many people you want target in that area, and one of the following demographic groups: General High income consumers High income renters Baby Boomers and elderly Move-up market Empty nesters Real estate investors Want to build a list based on lifestyle or interests? You can do that too by easily targeting (for example) boat owners, golfers, arts enthusiasts, RV owners, and much more. If you have a specific area you'd like to target, you can also use ProspectsPLUS!'s map feature to target consumers. This is a great option for those working a geographic farm, or marketing open houses, new listings, or recently sold listings to the surrounding neighborhood. Want to try building your own mailing list? RE Technology readers can get a FREE targeted list of 100 verified names and addresses with promo code FREE100. Build your free targeted mailing list in minutes with promo code FREE100!
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Direct Mail During a Pandemic: Here's What You Need to Know
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Analysis: Agents Should Double Down on Facebook and Instagram Ads as Advertising Costs Drop
As agents feel the effects of the novel coronavirus on their business, they'll instinctually want to cut spending on digital advertising--but our latest analysis implores worried agents to do the opposite. In our latest whitepaper, Agents Need Online Advertising Now More Than Ever and They Should Double Down on Facebook and Instagram, we analyzed recent advertising data on four online advertising platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Google and Waze. It makes sense that online advertising would become more lucrative as consumers are spending more time at home to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus – but what digital advertising networks can move the needle for real estate agents who need quick strategies for keeping their business running? Our biggest takeaways:
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So You Want to Generate Leads...
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Friday Freebie: Get 150 'Just Listed' and 'Just Sold' Postcards
The news may be dire right now, so here's a little something to cheer you up. RE Technology readers can get 150 free "Just Listed" and "Just Sold" postcards to send to homeowners surrounding their listings. And here's a plus in this time of Coronavirus: these postcards are 100% no-contact because they're 100% automated. Translation? You won't have to risk exposing yourself to illness in line at the Post Office. Ready to claim your own set of postcards? Read on to find out how! Get 150 FREE 'Just Listed' and 'Just Sold' postcards, courtesy of MLSMailings.com When we say these postcards are automated, what do we mean? Well, because MLSMailings taps into your MLS's listing data, it's able to tell when you list or sell a home. When one of those events occurs, MLSMailings automatically sends out the appropriate postcard to verified addresses around your listing—all within 48 hours. You select the design templates you want for your Just Listed and Just Sold postcards upfront, so that when you list or sell a home, postcards in your chosen design are sent out automatically. We've partnered with MLSMailings.com to offer RE Technology readers a chance to try this service for themselves. Get 150 FREE postcards (you pay only for shipping) with promo code RETECH2020. Ready to try a hands-off way to reach your geographic farm area? Claim your free postcards today!
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3 Steps to Attract Millennial Homebuyers on Instagram
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Friday Freebie: Guide to Crushing It with Direct Response Marketing
We talk a lot about digital marketing here at RE Technology: social media, online ads, websites, landing pages… the whole nine yards. But in all the excitement surrounding these technologies, let's not overlook one fact: good old print marketing still works--and it works well. That's why in today's Friday Freebie we're highlighting a free guide to direct response marketing for real estate. The twist? This guide shows you a high-tech way to target your mailing lists and manage your campaigns. Read on to learn more. Free Download of 'How to Crush It with Real Estate Direct Response Marketing,' courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! Now, when we say direct response marketing "works well," we mean it. In fact, direct mail nets a 9% response rate—well ahead of the 1% response rates of email, social media, and paid search. What's more, 76% of consumers trust direct mail when making a decision, and direct mail is 20% more persuasive to consumers than digital media. Maybe that's just a sign of our times where digital marketing has become so ubiquitous that holding a physical piece of marketing is now a novel, tactile experience. Whatever the case may be, mastering direct mail can only benefit your real estate business. There's one caveat, though: mail can be expensive. That's where technology comes in. Rather than sending out direct mail pieces to everyone in your geographic farm, today's technology lets you build targeted lists so that you can market more effectively—and more affordably. This guide from ProspectsPLUS! shows you how you can do just that. Inside this 20-page guide, you'll find: The six steps to launching an effective direct response campaign A visual layout guide to create more compelling direct mail pieces The top seven opportunities you should target and suggested campaign ideas An introduction to tools that can help you target consumers in your market And more! Download your FREE copy of How to Crush It with Real Estate Direct Response Marketing and Get Them Calling YOU today!
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Drive More Foot Traffic to Your Open House
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Targeted Mailing Lists or Every Door Direct Mail
New to direct mail marketing for your real estate business? There's a lot to learn and some trial and error to experience. It's such an effective real estate lead generation technique, however, that it's time and effort well-spent. One of the first things you'll want to determine is whether you will send your direct mail pieces to a targeted list of potential clients or to every single door in a particular area, via Every Door Direct Mail® (EDDM®). Both strategies have pros and cons. When to choose EDDM® At only $0.191 per piece, EDDM® is ideal for the agent on a tight budget. Because it's not nearly as targeted as a mailing list, your direct mail pieces will be delivered to every "door" in your chosen postal route. It's the difference between a shotgun and a targeted approach. An EDDM® campaign is also easier to set up so you'll be generating leads quicker than you would were you to use a targeted list. Choose EDDM® over a list if you: Don't mind creating mail pieces that conform to the program's size restrictions. Don't mind that the mail pieces will not be addressed to the recipient. Hope to expose your brand to the widest audience possible. Are a listing agent and your farm is home to few renters (you'll save money using EDDM® over the targeted mail list.) Are seeking buyers and the farm area you've chosen has more renters than owners. When to choose a list EDDM® may not be effective for you under certain circumstances. These include: Agents who want to target homes at a certain price point. When you are targeting absentee owners (landlords). Agents who are targeting homeowners with specific tenures. When sending Just Sold Postcards to neighbors. If you want your direct mail pieces to be personalized and you have a specific audience in mind, a targeted mailing list is your best bet. Remember, direct mail marketing isn't a "one-and-done" program. Consistently mailing to your farm or your list is the key to success with either EDDM® or targeted direct mail.
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NAR Launches a New TV Ad Campaign
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2 Secrets to More Lead Conversions, Straight from a Top Team's Playbook
Lauren Bowen leads one of the most productive real estate teams at Robert Slack. She's increased conversion rates and productivity while the company nearly doubled in size. The secret to her team's success? They stalk their real estate leads... or, more accurately, they let their lead generation solution do it for them. Targeting the Most Likely Buyers Anyone who has spent any time on the internet has been "stalked" by an online ad. You visit a site once, and for days or weeks after, an ad from that site follows you around the web. This is called "ad retargeting," and marketers love this advertising strategy because it is so effective. The Lauren Bowen Team employs this strategy to great success via realtor.com's Local Expert program. Local Expert users can create three types of ads: For Sale ads, Just Sold ads, and Branding ads. Those ads are then displayed to buyers in your chosen area on realtor.com. Once they leave the site, those same ads are displayed in their Facebook feed. "This not only helps bring a buyer to the house, it also shows the seller that we are putting it in front of numerous buyers for them," Lauren says. Tip: Because Local Expert offers detailed campaign analytics, you can impress your sellers by telling them exactly how many people have seen their home's ad. Dialing Up Lead Volume for a Higher Conversion Ratio Lauren's team may have stumbled on another secret to improved conversion rates when, thanks to the success of their realtor.com program, they decided to increase their volume of leads. This lead to a curious phenomenon. The team's number of lead conversions not only increased—as expected with more overall leads coming in—but their conversion ratio increased as well. That means the team is converting a higher percentage of leads than they were at their previous lead volume. "We've almost doubled our conversion ratio with the same leads," says Lauren. See Lauren THIS THURSDAY at Inman Connect NY Want to hear more real estate lead wisdom from Lauren? On Thursday, she'll be sharing her expertise during a panel discussion on the Team Track at Inman Connect New York. Check out her panel, Lead Distribution: Who Gets What?, on January 30!
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[Best of 2019] Friday Freebie: Downloadable Report for Home Buyers and Sellers
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5 Reasons Every Real Estate Professional Needs to Be Advertising on Facebook
Tell us if this sounds familiar: you created a Facebook page for your property management or real estate business and posted a few times a month. But as time passed, you did not feel like the page was boosting your lead generation. As more people use Facebook to post content, there is exponentially more competition for your target's attention. It is not enough to write a post on your page and hope people find it. Facebook ads ensure that your content reaches the right people at the right time. Below, you will find five reasons why you need to be using Facebook advertisements and several great services to make the most out of your investment.
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From New Listings to Referrals: The Marketing Secret that Helps this Realtor Win Every Time
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Friday Freebie: Download This Monthly Marketing Kit Sample
It's October, a time when our collective attention turns toward all things frightening. You know what's really scary, though? Losing out on hard-earned referrals and repeat business. It's not your clients' fault, however. Research shows that 85% of sellers and 90% of buyers would refer or use their agent again. The key to ensuring that they actually do is by making sure they remember your name between transactions. How? It's all about providing value. In this week's Friday Freebie, we'll introduce you to a marketing system that helps you do just that in order to stay top of mind, year after year. Download the Referral Maker Marketing Kit, courtesy of Buffini & Company If offering something of value to your database is what captures their attention, then consistency is what helps you keep that attention. Buffini & Company's Referral Maker Marketing Kit helps real estate agents accomplish this by providing an item of value and supporting marketing materials every month. Each month, Buffini & Company sends you a full kit of fresh, new marketing collateral that you can use to demonstrate your expertise, reach out to past clients, and generate more referrals. RE Technology readers can download a free version of the marketing kit today and try it out for themselves. Here's what it includes: A professionally written and designed Item of Value A corresponding cover letter 6 'Pop-By' tags to affix to gifts that you give to your top referring clients as a token of appreciation You can learn more about how to best leverage each element of this kit in this post. The full kit also includes 50 follow-up notecards, an eReport and more. You can learn about that here. Ready to download your FREE marketing materials from Buffini & Company? Get started here!  
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Facebook Makes Changes to Buying Ads for Housing, Credit and Employment
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Friday Freebie: 100 Door Hangers Shipped to You
Afraid your direct mail pieces are being tossed away or drowned out by all the grocery flyers and credit card offers that stuff the average consumer's mailbox? We've got a solution for you--the door hanger! Not only do they inevitably catch consumers' attention as they unlock their front door, but RE Technology readers can see for themselves just how well door hangers can work… for free. Read on to discover how you can claim a free set of door hangers! Get 100 Free Door Hangers, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! Have an open house to promote? How about a new listing? Whether you're promoting a new listing or event, or targeting seller leads, door hangers can be an effective replacement (or supplement!) to real estate postcards and flyers. If you've never tried door hangers as a lead generation tool (or your current hangers are just meh), there's no time like now to test them out. RE Technology has teamed up with ProspectsPLUS! to offer our readers 100 FREE printed door hangers in the design of your choice. Choose from 65 options that cover all of your promotional needs and niches, including: First-time buyers and renters Expired listings FSBOs Just Listed Just Sold Open house promotions Seller leads: free CMA, free consultation, free equity analysis, etc. Your can customize each door hanger with your own images, contact information, and more… OR you can upload your very own custom design. These door hangers are in full color, and are one-sided. A nominal shipping fee is the only cost to you. Ready to get started? Claim your 100 FREE door hangers (with promo code KNOCK) today!
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Friday Freebie: Downloadable Report for Home Buyers and Sellers
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Friday Freebie: Property Flyer to Download and Print
In honor of back to school season, we're giving you homework this weekend. But don't worry--we promise it'll be fun and that you'll walk away with an upgraded real estate marketing toolkit. Ready? Let's get started! Expand your marketing mix with a free property flyer from ProspectsPLUS! Today's assignment has one purpose: to expand your real estate marketing horizons by upgrading or adding a new lead generation piece to your repertoire. That piece? A property flyer of your choice. We've teamed up with ProspectsPLUS! to offer RE Technology readers a free property flyer (with promo code FREEFLYER) that you can customize, download and print right from your computer. Your homework is to choose a flyer that either upgrades a property flyer that you're currently using, or is a type of flyer that you've never used before. There are multiple designs to choose from, and various flyer types like: Single property flyers Multiple property flyers Multiple property 'Just Listed' flyers 'Just Listed' lead generation letter to neighbors 'Just Sold' lead generation letter to neighbors Once you choose a flyer, you can customize it on the ProspectsPLUS! digital platform. Next, you'll download the flyer as a PDF and either print it at your office or take it to a local print shop. (Homework cheat: Before you get started, read our last Friday Freebie to learn how to get a $25 gift certificate just for creating a free ProspectsPLUS! account.) Use your flyer to create A+ marketing campaigns that target buyers, build your brand awareness, and attract seller leads. Download your free property flyer now! Use promo code FREEFLYER at checkout.
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Market Dominant Yet Still Marketing: One Agent's Secrets to Success
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5 Real Estate Retargeting Tips for Local Marketing
Are you frustrated with the bounce rate of your website? Do you have potential leads visiting, only to never return? You're not alone. On average, more than half of website visitors will leave a website almost instantly after landing on it. This is like a person walking into a clothing store and not being satisfied with the merchandise that is being displayed. Convinced that they won't find what they are looking for, they turn around and head to another store, or in your case, another agent.
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Friday Freebie: $25 Gift Card to ProspectsPLUS.com
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Facebook Ad Campaigns: 5 Common Mistakes You Don't Want to Make
Facebook ads can be a powerful part of a real estate agent's marketing repertoire. Digital ads are attractive for their ability to spur immediate response to your listings or services. Unfortunately, the learning curve for using them is much steeper than it first appears. Some approaches to Facebook ad management seem like intuitive sabotage and can negatively impact your results at the end of the day. When this happens, your ad budget can become pure overhead: You'll either get no website visits or visits only from people who never follow up.
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Everything You Need to Know About Retargeting
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Building Your Brand and Referral Business with Ad Retargeting
Digital advertising and retargeting have become an increasingly popular tool for businesses to ensure they get their product/services in front of the right people at the right time. If you've ever checked out a pair of shoes while online shopping, you may have noticed that ads for those shoes have suddenly started following you to other websites. Lisa Fettner of ReferralExchange recently interviewed Chris Leithe, VP of Sales and Customer Success at Adwerx, to discuss how agents can use retargeting to build their brand and business. Below are tips from Chris on how you can use ad retargeting to boost your brand and reach the homebuyers and sellers you want to work with.
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7 Tips for Using Facebook Ads in Your Real Estate Business
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The Facebook for $1/Day Strategy
Facebook can be frustrating if you're trying to use it to grow your real estate practice and career. Whether it's sharing content, running ads, or getting leads, the Facebook formula isn't always so simple. That's why we reached out to a very special guest instructor, Dennis Yu, from Blitzmetrics. Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, Fox News, CBS Evening News and is the co-author of Facebook Nation – a textbook taught in over 700 colleges and universities! Dennis shared with us his "Facebook for a $1 a Day" strategy. Dennis's Facebook tips and strategies will likely become some of the most powerful advertising methods in your repertoire.
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How to Work Your Way into the Plans of Potential Sellers
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12 Tips for Gaining Client Attention with Google Ads
Google Ads is a proven marketing tool. Real estate agents are using its reach to bring in quality leads that have the potential to become customers. Understanding how to customize this highly targeted advertising approach is key. Use these 12 tips to get the most out of Google Ads.
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4 Tips to Create an Effective Facebook Ad Strategy
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The Key to Real Estate Lead Generation: Custom Landing Pages
Are you searching for ways to boost both your website lead generation and the effectiveness of your online advertising? Custom landing pages, which users "land" on after clicking one of your ads, are one of the biggest keys to lead generation. Landing pages are designed with one goal in mind: to earn the contact information of people who click your advertisements. Of course, to get that contact info you'll often have to offer something in return. Learn how to put landing pages to work for your business with our guide to custom landing pages for your website.
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Facebook Ad Changes for Real Estate: What Agents and Brokers Need to Know
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How to Promote Your Business and Brand with Facebooks Ads
At the end of 2018, the National Association of REALTORS reported over 1.3 million members. That's a heck of a lot of competition jockeying for the attention of home sellers and buyers across America. As a time-strapped REALTOR on a tight budget, how do you uncover ways to stand out from the competition in your local area, attract more leads, land more listings, and grow your real estate business? Consider Facebook advertising.
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Choosing the Right Ad Strategy for Your Real Estate Business
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Online Advertising Advice: Why Winter Is Your Time to Shine
You might be reading the headline here and scratching your head, but hear us out: When it comes to maximizing the ROI on your online advertising, now is the moment to get the most bang for your buck. Here's why you need to be running real estate ads right now:
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The Big Secret to Effective Facebook Advertising
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Upgrade Your 2019 Advertising Budget with an Exclusive Benefit for REALTORS
REALTORS® can now get more advertising bang for their buck, thanks to a new partnership between Adwerx and the National Association of REALTORS®' REALTOR Benefits® Program. Through this partnership, digital advertising platform Adwerx provides NAR members an exclusive 15 percent additional ad impressions at no extra cost. So what's included in this benefit and how can you claim it for yourself? Today, we're going to tell you everything you need to know about how the program works. The Basics: What Is Adwerx? Let's start at the beginning—what is Adwerx and how can it benefit your real estate business? Adwerx is a digital advertising platform that makes it easy for agents and entire brokerages to create, deploy, and manage digital ad campaigns. In just a few minutes, you can set up ads to market your listings or your brand across major websites, social media, and mobile apps. What sets Adwerx apart from other advertising tools is its use of "retargeting" technology. Adwerx identifies likely real estate consumers based on their online behavior—like using a mortgage calculator or browsing listings online. It then serves your ad repeatedly to those consumers, or retargets them, as they surf the web or use mobile apps. If you've ever noticed that an ad seems to "follow" you around the web, you've experienced ad retargeting. Because Adwerx only shows your ads to those most likely to be interested in your services or listing, agents and brokerages save money by not wasting impressions on disengaged audiences. This means your ads have a higher success rate and a healthier ROI. What's Included in This Realtor® Benefit? NAR members receive 15 percent bonus ad impressions on newly purchased and renewed Adwerx campaigns. That means if you purchase 10,000 ad impressions, you'll receive an extra 1,500 impressions, for a total of 11,500. (An 'impression' is each time an ad is served to a consumer, also known as views.) Adwerx offers several different types of ads for real estate, all of which are eligible for the 15 percent bonus: Listing Ads - Advertise your listing to likely home buyers within a specified radius around the property's address. Create a standard listing ad, or a variation like "Just Listed," "Just Sold," or "Price Reduced" to catch consumers' attention. Zip Code Ads - Promote your brand to likely buyers and sellers in the market of your choice. It’s a great supplement to your geographic farming efforts, and an effective way to break into new market areas. Sphere of Influence Ads - Reinforce your brand with those who already know and trust you. Just import your contacts to Adwerx, and they'll target your sphere for you. Recruiting Ads - Are you a broker looking to recruit top agents in your area? Target the top performers of your choice by uploading a database of prospective recruits. How Do I Claim My Bonus Ad Impressions? To activate your additional impressions on new ad campaigns, simply enter your NAR member ID number (NRDS ID) at checkout. For existing campaigns, validate your NRDS number on your existing Adwerx account, and the bonus will automatically apply to all ad campaigns when they renew. And good news! This offer is stackable. That means that if you already use another Adwerx offer or discount from your brokerage or association, you can still use this NAR member benefit in addition to those offers. (The only caveat? Automated brokerage listing ads are not eligible for extra impressions.) Next Steps Want to learn more or need help getting started? These resources can help: Questions and Answers More offers from NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program Adwerx for Real Estate  
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Find Your Next Listing with These Geographic Farming Tactics
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As the largest social media platform, Facebook offers unique opportunities to connect with potential leads. Unfortunately, due to changes to Facebook's algorithm, companies have been finding it more and more difficult to get organic traffic to their Facebook posts. This means that today, Facebook success is largely dependent on creating a strong advertising strategy, which requires a combination of appealing ads and targeting them to the right groups. This, too, is harder now than it used to be, but it's not undoable. There are still several options you can use to target your ideal audience with Facebook ads.
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I Have a Great YouTube Ad... Now How Do I Get Viewers?
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Debunked: 4 Myths About Running Facebook Ads
If you haven't tried Facebook ads yet, we get it. It can feel intimidating at first, especially with a lot of myths floating around about how much it costs and what you need to get started. But the fact is, when you're weighing how to advertise your listings and deals, Facebook is a great option. Facebook ads are effective and easy to get running (we promise!). Let's separate truth from fiction. Here are the top four myths about Facebook real estate ads:
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As a real estate agent or broker, Facebook is still the number one place to get in front of your current and past clients as well as new and potential clients. And, having a Facebook Business Page is still one of the best ways to market yourself and generate new business. Nobody knows this more than social media expert Katie Lance. She has 10 power tips for managing and monetizing your social media while controlling costs. We share five of them here, but you should really read all of them! There are a number of ways you can maximize Facebook on a budget. Here are a few of the most important tips and strategies you can implement today.
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Are there any new ideas for real estate marketing? All of the old standby methods are still being used, from pens to refrigerator magnets. Those work fairly well for keeping your name and number out there if they keep them. What about an inexpensive way to put digital content in front of your prospects? Promote a new listing with images or even video. Or, do a presentation of your services. You can even do brief videos of your client testimonials. Using USB thumb drives, all of this is easy.
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Effective advertising can cement your position in the community and attract buyers and sellers you wouldn't normally be able to reach. It can even turn a small, family-owned business into a household name. But to plan an effective ad strategy, you need to know what ad types are available and how to use them. One of the most popular ways to advertise is online. This is called digital advertising. Learn about different digital ad types below.
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